Conductor Application (CHI: music/dance)

The 2016 Call for Conductors is currently closed. Please check back again for other opportunities.


Conductors with previous experience in conducting music from the contemporary and traditional repertories are invited to apply.

Each successful applicant will work with a chamber ensemble of about 10-15 players of a wide variety of instruments (not limited to standard orchestral instruments), including two faculty members who will perform as part of each ensemble. There will be three large groups total, and each group will rehearse and give the premiere performance of at least one newly composed/choreographed piece, as well as a new work of pure music (i.e. without dance) by participating composers. Each conductor will rehearse and give the premiere performance of at least one new work by a participating composer, as well as additional works from the contemporary repertory, in various configurations, as time allows. The pieces written for the workshop will be conceived for a specific, non-traditional performance space (i.e. not a concert hall, and still to be announced!), and will allow for/require the composers to use space, and perhaps the placement of the performers in the space, as an element of their work. Conductors will play an essential role in the collaboration.

Conductors will work closely with the other participants of the workshop, as well as the faculty/mentor musicians, including conductor Michael Lewanski, composer Don Freund, and performers Gregory Beyer (percussion), Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (voice), Timothy Munro (flute), Nicholas Photinos (cello), Jeremy Ruthrauff (saxophones), and MingHuan Xu (violin). There will also be daily sessions devoted to movement and music led by the dance faculty, and in Brazilian Capoeira by percussionist Gregory Beyer. Professor Beyer has just returned from a yearlong sabbatical in Brazil to study this intriguing martial art that meshes together music, movement, sport, self-defense, spirituality, and diverse folk traditions.

This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with emerging artists and some of the very best professional artists in music and dance working today. It is the hope of the LAB-Arts faculty that many future collaborations will begin with this workshop!

DEADLINE EXTENDED — we will continue to accept applications until all the spots are filled.

To apply, please send the following information to:

info [at] LAB-Arts [daht] org

1. full name (first and last)

2. age/date of birth (There is no age limit, but Conductors should be at least 18 years of age.)

3. email address

4. mobile phone

5. home phone

6. current address (number, street, apt #, city, state/province, country, zip/postal code)

7. current ensemble (name any ensemble(s) you currently conduct or have conducted in the past year)

8. major teacher

9. CV (attach as pdf) include training, choreographic and dance experience, education/degrees awarded, recent performance history

10. title/movement/composer of audition piece

9. link to streaming video (Please submit an URL link to a 5-minute, high quality, streaming video–youtube, vimeo etc–of your conducting. The clip can be from a live performance or made in rehearsal.)

10. score excerpt (in pdf) of performed audition piece

11. contemporary repertoire list (Please list works written after 1945 conducted within the last year, orchestral, chamber, choral, opera, etc.)

12. artist statement (Please describe your interest in the Music/Dance workshop, and, although not required, any relevant experience you have had in working with dancers/choreographers and/or the creation of site-specific work.

<<Participants will be notified of their status by Monday, May 16. If selected, half of the tuition fee ($290) must be paid by Friday, May 20 to reserve the spot. The remaining $290 must be paid in full by June 1. The total Course Tuition Fee is $580. This fee does not include user transaction fees charged by PayPal (2.9% + $0.30), travel costs, or Room and Board. Students must make their own arrangements for travel and Room and Board (but, we can help offer suggestions for places to stay).

N.B.: Due to the interdependent nature of this workshop, it will be impossible to make last-minute changes. As a result, ***absolutely no refunds will be given after June 15!*** >>